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214 Smith Knolls Rd, Fairview, NC 28730

One of the newest listings that on the Jim Buff Team is located at 214 Smith Knolls Road in Fairview, NC .

214 Smith Knolls Road is currently listed for $495,000 and this property is a must see. Set on a 3 acre park-like lot. The home offers a plethora of opportunities for outdoor entertaining from the screened porch to rear deck and lovely areas in the backyard.

The home at 214 Smith Knolls Rd is a lovely two story home that with four bedrooms and three baths along with a two car garage. The bedrooms include a large master suite , a spacious family room with fireplace, an office and a separate dining room.

This home has a one year American Home Shield Warranty included with the sale. If you’d like to take a look at this home or any other listed in the area please give us a call at (828) 771-2310, or send us an email at to schedule an appointment.

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24 Country Cove Court – Featured Listing of the Week

The Buff Team Featured Listing of the week this week is 24 Country Cove Court.

24 Country Cove Court is located in Leicester, NC, it is currently listed for $365,000, please call (828) 771-2310 to get most current pricing.  This 1.5 story home on a full basement with four bedroom home sits on 1.55 acres in the Stone Creek Subdivision in the Leicester community.


The home at 24 Country Cove Court along with it’s four bedrooms has 2.5 bathrooms, there is also an additional bathroom finished in the basement downstairs, that is not counted in that total.  It has a lovely dining room perfect for family dinner and a spacious kitchen with stainless appliances. The living room has a fireplace perfect for cozying up on a chilly day or evening.

There is plenty of parking for you, whether you have a lot of family cars or entertain a lot, there is an attached 2-car garage, and two driveways which makes for plenty of parking. On top of all the storage there is a full basement on this house, part of it has been finished and the rest of the basement could be easily finished off for additional living and entertaining space.

There is a lovely back deck to enjoy the 1.55 acres that the house is situated on and also a patio perfect for the family or entertaining guests.  This home also comes with an AHS Home Warranty. If you’d like to see this house or any other home for sale in the area, call (828) 771-2310 to schedule an appointment.

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Real Estate Market in Asheville, NC!

What’s the Real Estate Market like in Asheville, NC??

Are you looking to  buy a home in the Asheville, NC area, or do you own a home in the area and you are looking to sell it? However, before you do that you’re wondering, how much are houses in Asheville, are there are lot of houses available,  how long is it going to take to sell my house? How much is my house worth? How many houses are on the market that are going to be in a similar price range as mine. Perhaps you haven’t even thought about any of that at all and now that you’ve read this you’re thinking all about it.


The first thing you should do is call a Real Estate professional, we’d really like it if  you called someone on the Jim Buff Team (828) 771-2310. The second thing you should do, don’t look at Zillow or Trulia. Yes, I know it seems like it has a ton of information on it and it does but just because it has all this information doesn’t mean it’s correct. They may give you a zestimate of your house, but they haven’t been in it. Zillow doesn’t know that the other houses that sold near by were older and had not been updated in 20 or 30 years, but what if yours has, it’s most likely going to make a difference. A Real Estate agent is going to have the most up to date information.


But while you wait for one of the members of the Buff Team to get out to your house or to help you find a house here is some local information for you. All of this information is from the WNCRMLS and is accurate as of 9/7/2017.  As of 9/7/2017 there were 2210 properties on the market in Buncombe County. The average sales price in Buncombe County was $581,328 in comparison to national the average price of homes was $258,300. In Buncombe County the average days on market was 53 days. The shortest days on market is 34 and that is for houses in the price range from $175,000 – $199,000. The longest days on market was 258 and that was for houses in the $2,000,000 and up price range. Right now, there is just a little over 4 months of inventory available.  See the table below for more information. Or give us a call and we can talk to you more about the Real Estate  market in Asheville and the surrounding area!

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Things Sellers Do That Cause Sales To Fall Apart

George Souto a mortgage broker from Connecticut wrote this article about “stupid”  things that sellers do that cause sales to fall apart.

It is a very informative read: Click here to see original article 

Stupid Things Sellers Do That Cause Sales To Fall Apart.  There are several things Sellers do or do not do which can result in their home not selling.  Most of them are things which the Listing Agent/Realtor has to deal with such as:

  • Overpricing a home
  • Refusing to negotiate
  • Not making homes available for showings.
  • House does not show well
  • Homes which smell bad.

These are just a few examples of what Sellers do or do not do which can cause a house not to sell.

However, as a Loan Originator I work with Buyers and not Sellers.  So I am not involved in the home shopping process other than providing a Pre-Qualification Letter.  The role I play in the purchase of a home is the financing, which involves:

  • Qualify the Buyer for the price range they can purchase in
  • Meeting with the Buyer to put the loan into process once the offer has been accepted
  • Following the Loan through Loan Commitment, and on to Closing.

So I do not get to see why a Buyer chooses to purchase a house or not, but what I do get to see is the stupid things Sellers do which cause my Borrowers to walk away from the property. There are two major things I see Borrowers walking away from a property are for.

The first and foremost reason I see my Borrowers walking away from a purchase, is Sellers refusing to negotiating repairs which are identified by Appraisers and Home Inspectors.  When a Seller takes a hard nose attitude of “I am not bugging”, the Borrower more often than not walks away from the purchase.  Many times the purchase blows up because of ridiculous little things, the Seller is unreasonable about.  This is not to say that Buyers are not equally unreasonable at times.

The second most common reason I have seen which causes a Borrower to walk away from a purchase are things which are discovered during the final walk through just before the Closing.  For whatever reason Sellers seem to think they can hide damage and get away with it.  Somehow they think the Buyer will not walk away from the purchase the day of the Closing.  Let me give a couple of quick examples:

  • On the final walk through a huge urine stain was discovered on a hardwood floor which the Seller had covered up with a large rug.  The stain was so bad that a large section of the floor needed to be replace.  It was to late to fix the floor before the Closing, and the Seller refused to provide funds to fix the damage after the Closing.  As a result the Buyer walked at the Closing Table.
  • Another was a Seller while moving their furniture out of the house, dragged the furniture across the hardwood floors causing deep gouges through out the hardwood floors in the house.  In this case the Buyers didn’t even go to the Closing and try to negotiate a remedy, the Buyers walked away right there and then.  Found another house a week later they actually liked better, and we Closed a few weeks later.

These are just a couple of examples, I could provide more, but I think these make my point of Stupid Things Sellers Do That Cause Sales To Fall Apart.


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New Absorption Report – Oct 2015

The latest Absortion Report for Buncombe County.

  • As of 11/3/2015 there were 1521 active home listings in Buncombe County, NC
  • 102 is the average days on the market for homes in Buncombe County
  • 82 days is the lowest days on market an that is for homes priced between $200,000-$249,999
  • 96.02% of properties that are listed are sellingAR Big


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Keller Williams RED DAY!


Introduced in 2009, RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, is Keller Williams Realty’s annual day of service. Each year on the second Thursday of May, associates spend the day away from their businesses serving worthy organizations and causes in their communities. RED Day is just another example of our commitment to each other and to the cities and towns where we live and work. Join us!


Since it’s conception in 2009, the Jim Buff Team has been participating in RED Day. We’ve cleaned up the streets in Asheville, NC, collected groceries for the MANNA Food Bank at local grocery stores, we’ve helped with the animals at Brother Wolf, last year we helped clean up the gardens at the Black Mountain Home for Children. This year we went to Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue to volunteer our time, or team members, walked dogs, cleaned kennels, did dishes, cleaned floors and played with the kitty cats and enjoyed ourselves!

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Keller Williams Mobile App

Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, The Weather Channel, your bank, there is an APP for everything and most people are using their apps. 42% of people take the 1st step in home buying on the internet. Instead of using, Zillow or Truila (which is being acquired by Zillow) download the Keller Williams App and use that. By using the GPS on your phone it can show you all the homes for sale in the area you are, all the homes not just Keller Williams listings. Check links Take a minute and download the KW APP and begin your home search. Or if you aren’t into apps you can pick up the phone and give us a call at (828)771-2310 or email us at and we can tell you all about any home you want to know about.


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Asheville, NC


A little bit on the fair city where the Jim Buff Team is located. Asheville, NC. We are nestled in the Mountains of Western North Carolina, close to South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia. Asheville and the region has the joy of experiencing all four season, but we do not receive large amounts of snow and it’s not sweltering in the summer. Besides the lovely weather we have, Asheville is home to the Biltmore Estate & Grove Park Inn, Blue Ridge Parkway access and Thomas Wolfe was born in Asheville.

One of the newer attractions to Asheville, are the breweries. Four years in a row Asheville has been named “Beer City, USA” according to and is home to atleast 21 craft breweries.

With an active downtown Asheville, is a great city to live in or near. If you’d like to find a home in the area, please give us a call at (828)771-2310 and we can help you on your search.